From exploring the stars with state-of-the-art telescopes to using mathematical and computer models to ask penetrating questions about the nature of the universe, astronomy is a broad, exciting, and growing field. At UMass Amherst, astronomy is its own independent, active, and vibrant department that offers both undergraduate and graduate instruction—a unique feature among New England public institutions.  

As an undergraduate student, you can choose to study astrophysics or space science. At the graduate level, our PhD program in astrophysics gives you the opportunity to conduct research at some of the leading national and international facilities.  

A variety of resources is available to students, faculty, and staff, including several telescopes for instructional purposes and major research facilities. We also operate a high-performance computer facility and are the U.S. partner in an international project with Mexico to build the Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT).  

Whether you’re looking for a career in research or education or a role in public or private institutions such as NASA or Boeing, our astronomy programs will give you the foundation you need.